Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Toyota Supra Returns As A Racing Concept At Geneva

Toyota Supra Returns As A Racing Concept At Geneva

Toyota has finally unveiled the new Supra at the Geneva Auto Show and the vehicle looks absolutely fantastic. The last time a Supra was in production was 16 years ago (in Japan). Developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing (hence the GR in the name) the concept speaks to the fifth-generation Supra when it returns to production - the GR Supra continues with a front-engine/rear-drive format and embraces the use of lightweight materials. The original Supra was launched in 1978 and was known as the A40; it was followed by the A60 in 1981, the A70 in 1986 and the A80 in 1993.

GR stands for Gazoo Racing, Toyota's motorsports partner. Composite materials were used for both front and rear bumpers and diffusers, as well as for the hood, side mirror caps, and that big wing at the back keeping the auto glued to the road.

It does, however, hint that the Supra could become another addition to racetracks in the future. Known by its full name as the GR Supra Racing Concept, the showcar now on display in Geneva takes the shape of a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive lightweight machine. The two-door coupe gets a massive rear wing, rear splitter and a wide-body stance to reiterate its race-car avatar. The hood features louvered air vents. Behind these sit Brembo brakes, while a racing exhaust pokes out of the aggressively styled rear bumper. The doors are lined with carbon fibre and the windscreen and windows are made of plastic for additional weight savings too.

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Further adding to its motorsport street cred is a set of center-locking BBS racing wheels and Michelin racing tires. "After two years of discussions, we came to the idea of the Supra". The concept's chassis gets lowered front and rear suspension, and features a competition-focused interior with a racing dashboard and seats.

Its work is based on three pillars: developing people through taking part in motorsport; creating fans through the excitement of motorsport and producing fun-to-drive cars; and making ever-better cars by using the knowledge gained from competition. OMP has also supplied the quick-release steering wheel, mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle shift system.

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